‘Do you still know the muffin man?’ ‘Well sure he’s down on Drury Lane, why?’ ‘because we’re going to need flour, lots and lots of flour’.
I’ve never really been a fan of gingerbread cookies until Gingy graced us with his presence back in the summer of 2001, seriously I can’t believe that Shrek came out 18 years ago! Gingy is just perfect to recreate for the festive season and best of all why not create a giant gingy using templates from the internet.
These are the perfect gingerbread cookies for those who love baking but don’t necessarily have the time to trawl through Pinterest. Serve them to guests if you’re hosting, take them as a gift if you’re attending a festive gathering, take them into work and be the office hero, make them with little ones for a fun afternoon, or just do it for the ‘Gram’!
The recipe is very quick and easy, to make a batch of 2 giant Gingys and 6 baby Gingys you’ll need:
175g muscovado sugar
85g golden syrup
350g plain flour
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 egg, beaten
Gingerbread man cookie cutter
Small sweets | I used Jelly Tots
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees, gas mark 3, line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a small saucepan, allow to melt on a medium heat for 2mins. Leave to cool for about 15 mins.
Weigh out the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl. Now add your warm yummy syrup mixture into the bowl with the beaten egg. Stir together until the mixture forms a very soft dough. Knead in the mixing bowl until smooth.
Lightly dust a clean surface with plain flour, roll out the dough to the thickness of a £2 coin, then place your giant gingerbread template on top. Gently cut out with a small sharp knife for smooth edges.
Roll out excess dough and cut out the rest of Gingy’s friends using the gingerbread cutter. Repeat until all the dough has been used up.
Gently lift the biscuits onto the baking trays and bake for 10 mins until light in colour.
*mine were a little too dark in places 🙁 make sure your oven is not too high to avoid overcooking Gingy and his pals.
Leave them to cool on one side, don’t remove them from the paper or tray. I left mine to cool completely for 1 hour before decorating.
Decorate the cookies to look like Gingy using ready made writing icing and small sweets for buttons.
Serve right away or wait until dry to box up as gifts for friends and family.
Time to pop the kettle on and make a creamy hot chocolate to eat Gingy with…mwahha ha ha!